RAJ REPORT

When will the leaders of Cairns support a new state in North Queensland———Time to rethink the Federation——————–The founding fathers of Australia’s Constitution made creation of a new state a theoretically straightforward exercise (Sections 121 and 124), requiring only the consent of the Parliament of a state to form a new state within its boundaries or for two states to decide to amalgamate, although the Commonwealth is not bound by such a decision. The provisions are so liberal that the authors of our Constitution were clearly aware that the progression to new states was not designed to stop for eternity in 1901.

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Up to a million people live in north Queensland, which has long wanted its own state. Queensland is larger than any state in the US, eclipsing Alaska, Texas and California. The royalties of central Queensland build roads in Brisbane and disparaging statements about hearing the banjos north of the Pine River are still the pejorative.

The white paper on Federation is a chance for Australia to move on from the bog we got stuck in in 1901. The population then was 3,773,000 compared with 23,518,000 now and we need to have foresight for future decades.

The founding fathers of Australia’s Constitution made creation of a new state a theoretically straightforward exercise (Sections 121 and 124), requiring only the consent of the Parliament of a state to form a new state within its boundaries or for two states to decide to amalgamate, although the Commonwealth is not bound by such a decision.

The provisions are so liberal that the authors of our Constitution were clearly aware that the progression to new states was not designed to stop for eternity in 1901.

The alternative to new states is to remove the states altogether and have regional administrations instead. But this would leave all power in Canberra and there are legitimate historical fears about unitary governments, whereas the principle of subsidiarity is the best defence against absolute and centralised power.

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/comment/time-to-rethink-the-federation-20140711-zt3yj.html#ixzz37OUaKvgS

 

 

 

 

 

Time to rethink the Federation.

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